Dr Scott Hayward
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?
My inspiration to become a biologist was David Attenborough – cheesy, but true – watching the documentary series “Life on Earth” started me on this path.
There are many scientists who are an inspiration for different reasons – Prof David Saunders (Emeritus - Edinburgh University) for introducing me to insect biology; Prof David Denlinger (Emeritus – Ohio State University) for the way he runs his lab; Prof Pete Convey (British Antarctic Survey) for a prolific ability to write; Professor Andrew Cossins (Emeritus -Liverpool University) for never being afraid to try new things.
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?
Guiding, supportive, collaborative
In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:
From the beginning of your PhD their will guidance in undertaking core methods relevant to the project, but with an expectation for you to independently perfect these and develop appropriate changes to methodology.
Your training will be a collaborative effort between me, postdocs and PhDs in my lab (as well as co-supervisors labs). Where we see an opportunity to employ new methods beyond the scope of my own lab, I will give guidance in seeking additional support and training.
Progression monitoring and management:
I will set out my expectations of your progression at weekly lab meetings, with more detailed discussions on a monthly basis. If these progression criteria are not met we will always discuss a plan of action together. I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals I set, but expect you to set additional goals for yourself as well.
Communication is key, and I so I maintain regular communication with all members of my lab. I will expect you to manage your work/life balance, but whenever this is a challenge, we will work through solutions together.
How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?
At least once per week
In year 1 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?
At least once per fortnight
In year 2 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?
At least once per month
In year 3 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?
At least once per month
What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?
Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice)
Open door policy?
Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response (if required) on every working day.
My expectation of PhD student working patterns?
The timing of work in my lab is completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time.
Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?
I need at least 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.